House GOP Votes to Fund Obamacare. How Did Your Congressman Vote?

How did your Congressman vote on the Obamacare Funding Continuing Resolution?

 

Recently, the Republican-led House of Representatives approved a $982 Billion continuing resolution funding certain government operations, including funding for implementation of Obamacare through 2013:

 

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 267-151 on Wednesday to approve a $982-billion continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal 2013 that fully funds the implementation of Obamacare during that period.

 

The House Republican leaders turned aside requests from groups of conservative members to include language in the bill that would have withheld funding for implementation of all of Obamacare, or, alternatively, that would have withheld funding for the Obamacare regulation that requires health-plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

 

As noted, the inclusion of Obamacare funding in the Continuing Resolution drew strong opposition from many conservatives.  Erick Erickson attempted to rally opposition to stop the Obamacare funding in the House:

 

 

Republicans in the House are going to pass a continuing resolution in which they will endorse Obamacare and its funding. That is a fact. Congressmen like Jim Jordan (OH), Tom Graves (GA), Marsha Blackburn (TN), Mick Mulvaney (SC), Tom Cotton (AR), Raul Labrador (ID) and so many others conservatives will probably vote for the rule to ensure the continuing resolution passes, then vote against it on the floor to claim they really did not endorse Obamacare.

 

But they will have enabled it and ensured it passed and Republicans in Congress will have ensured Obamacare never goes away. They will, like with the Violence Against Women Act, talk out of both sides of their mouths and hope you ignore one vote and believe another.

 

THE CLOSED RULE:

 

An effort to remove Obamacare funding from the continuing resolution was attempted in the U.S. House, but the House Rules Committee, under Chairman Pete Sessionsimposed a “closed rule” that prevented any amendment to the Continuing Resolution.  Conservative groups, including Freedomworks, tried to open the rules, but Pete Sessions’ closed rule stayed in place.  Thus, amendment of the bill to remove or restrict any part of Obamacare was prohibited.  Owing to the imposition of the “closed rule,” the Continuing Resolution was considered without amendment.

 

 

Chairman Sessions explains his actions as follows:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsvx1szT9OU

 

A coalition of House conservatives, including Texas conservative Reps. Louie Gohmert and Steve Stockman, opposed the bill on the floor, but there were not enough of them.  

 

 

The Texas delegation to the U.S. House voted on the Continuing Resolution, including Obamacare funding, as follows:

 

 TX 1st

 TX 2nd

 TX 3rd

 TX 4th

 TX 5th

 TX 6th

 TX 7th

 TX 8th

 TX 9th

 TX 10th

 TX 11th

 TX 12th

 TX 13th

 TX 14th

 TX 15th

 TX 16th

 TX 17th

 TX 18th

 TX 19th

 TX 20th

 TX 21st

 TX 22nd

 TX 23rd

 TX 24th

 TX 25th

 TX 26th

 TX 27th

 TX 28th

 TX 29th

 TX 30th

 TX 31st

 TX 32nd

 TX 33rd

 TX 34th

 TX 35th

 TX 36th

Gohmert, Louie

Poe, Ted

Johnson, Sam

Hall, Ralph

Hensarling, Jeb

Barton, Joe

Culberson, John

Brady, Kevin

Green, Al

McCaul, Michael

Conaway, Michael

Granger, Kay

Thornberry, Mac

Weber, Randy

Hinojosa, Rubén

O’Rourke, Beto

Flores, Bill

Jackson Lee, Sheila

Neugebauer, Randy

Castro, Joaquin

Smith, Lamar

Olson, Pete

Gallego, Pete

Marchant, Kenny

Williams, Roger

Burgess, Michael

Farenthold, Blake

Cuellar, Henry

Green, Gene

Johnson, Eddie

Carter, John

Sessions, Pete

Veasey, Marc

Vela, Filemon

Doggett, Lloyd

Stockman, Steve

NAY

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

NAY

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

NAY

YEA

YEA

NAY

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

YEA

NAY

NAY

NAY

YEA

YEA

YEA

NAY

NAY

NAY

 

BOTTOM LINE: If your Congressman voted ‘YEA’ on the Continuing Resolution, they voted to fund Obamacare through 2013.

 

 

The CR then went over to the Senate.  Senator Ted Cruz announced he would oppose the Continuing Resolution if Obamacare funding stayed in the bill:

 

“[W]hen the Senate votes on the Continuing Resolution, I intend to offer a “Restore Growth First” amendment which will delay funding of Obamacare. I believe we should continue to delay such funding at least until economic growth returns to historic averages, and I intend to object to consideration of any Continuing Resolution that does not include a vote to delay funding of Obamacare.”

 

Senator Mike Lee announced he was joining join Cruz:

 

“I will join Senator Cruz in objecting to Senate consideration of any Continuing Resolution without a vote on delaying funding of Obamacare. Defunding Obamacare is essential to restoring economic growth. At this time of fiscal turmoil, Congress shouldn’t borrow more money to pay for something we cannot afford. Although I would prefer a full repeal of Obamacare, we should at minimum delay its implementation until our country is experiencing real, sustained economic growth.”

 

Senator Marco Rubio supported the effort, as well:

 

“Senator Cruz from Texas is offering this amendment to defund Obamacare. If that gets onto the bill, in essence if they get a continuing resolution and we vote on that and we can pass it onto a bill, I will vote for a continuing resolution, even if it’s temporary, because it does something permanent and that is de-fund this health care bill, this Obamacare bill that is going to be an absolute disaster for the American economy.”

 

 

___

This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *